Maribeth Abrams is a certified holistic health practitioner, author of two cookbooks The 4-Ingredient Vegan and Tofu 1-2-3, and mother of two college students who have been vegan since birth. Known for her lively and approachable demeanor, her presentations offer a blend of motivation and education. MaribethAbrams.com
Sample Talks: Eat Better, Feel Better, Live Better: Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet; Eating for Cancer Survival; Eating for Bone Vitality and Osteoporosis Prevention; Raising Vegan Children; Eating in Alignment with Our Values (perfect for religious & spiritual groups); screenings and discussions on documentaries such as Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives, and Peaceable Kingdom.
Contact: via website MaribethAbrams.com
“It was nearly twenty-five years ago that I embraced veganism, a decision that continues to bring me immeasurable joy. It’s a fulfilling and satisfying and meaningful gift, surpassed only by the opportunity to share it through public speaking.”
Ted Barnett info coming soon.
Steve Blake lectures widely about the role of nutrition in health. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and has a doctorate in nutritional biochemistry. Dr. Blake is nutritional biochemist for Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience, where he has authored a clinical trial for Alzheimer’s disease. He is the author of the college textbook Vitamins and Minerals Demystified and the dietary analysis software, the Diet Doctor. Dr. Blake is the Maui director for the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. drsteveblake.com
Sample Talks: A Nutritional Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease; Arthritis, a Natural Approach; How to Overcome Diabetes; Defensive Medicine; Comparing the Nutrition in Popular Diets; Healthy Hearts: How Not to Get a Heart Attack Contact: 808-280-6865 or email
“It is my honor to teach how vegan food promotes health and fights disease. Thank you, Freya Dinshah and the American Vegan Society for your good work and great bookstore.”
Sherry Colb is a Professor of Law and Charles Evans Hughes Scholar at Cornell Law School. She received her A.B. from Columbia College (valedictorian) and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She publishes a bi-weekly column on Verdict.Justia.com which often takes up issues of veganism and animal rights. Her latest book is Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger? And Other Questions People Ask Vegans.
Sample Talks: Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger? How to Respond to the Confrontational Questions People Ask Vegans; Do Vegans Experience Stereotype Threat?; Should Animal Rights Start With Dogs?
Contact: email 607-323-1292
“I feel honored and humbled by the opportunity to talk to people about veganism and animal rights. Becoming vegan and embracing the community of human and nonhuman animals represented a fundamental shift in my life and way of being in the world. Sharing my story with others is a joy!”
Fran Costigan is a culinary instructor, innovative vegan pastry chef, and the author of three cookbooks. A graduate of the New York Restaurant School and Natural Gourmet Institute, Fran was a pastry chef first in traditional and later in vegan restaurant kitchens before moving into teaching. Fran teaches her distinctive classes (including her Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®) in NYC at the Institute of Culinary Education and the Natural Gourmet Institute. She presents cooking demonstrations and workshops at events throughout North America and Europe. francostigan.com
Sample Talks: Creating Vegan Cooking Classes That Sell (to Everyone); The Dessert Dilemma: Can You Eat a Healthy Plant-Based Diet and Have Dessert Too?
“I’m honored and delighted to be part of AVS Speakers Bureau. Since its beginning in 1960, AVS has played a critical role in educating the public about the ethical and health benefits of following a vegan lifestyle.”
Anne Dinshah is a rowing coach, lifelong vegan, third-generation vegetarian, mom to vegan son Clint, and author of Dating Vegans and Healthy Hearty Helpings. She coauthored with her mother Freya Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake. Her newest book is Powerful Vegan Messages, coauthored with her late father Jay. Anne credits Freya for instilling in her a love of cooking and Jay for a love of speaking to large audiences.americanvegan.org
Sample Talks: Dynamic Harmlessness for Today's World;
3 Secrets to Healthy Recipes Everyone Loves; The Pillars of Ahimsa;
Calisthenics Crosstraining for Anyone Anywhere.
Contact: 856-694-2887 email
“Remember who you were before you became vegan. Weren’t you a kind, compassionate person deserving of being loved? Give someone else the opportunity to learn! Share powerful vegan messages with the next generation and the world will rapidly improve.”
Freya Dinshah is coauthor of the new book Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake: Kids! Teach Yourself to Cook. She has been a key organizer for local and national events to encourage compassionate, healthful living. Freya has taught cooking classes to people of all ages for over forty years. She is a lifetime vegetarian and vegan for fifty-four years. She serves as nutrition educator and teaches basic cooking skills to children ages three to eighteen at after-school programs in southern NJ. She is president of AVS, editor of American Vegan, and author of The Vegan Kitchen, the first US cookbook with vegan in its title. americanvegan.org.
Sample Talks: Discovering Veganism; Vegan Fine Dining; Quality Time—Cooking with Kids
“The vegan light is getting brighter every day and shining further. Ahimsa is powerful enough to light the entire world.”
Michael C. Dorf is Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell University. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he is the author of four books and numerous articles on law and its relation to social change. As a vegan activist, he applies the lessons he has learned from studying other justice movements.
Sample Talks: How Activists Create Change; Winning by Losing and Winning by Winning; Animal Rights and Legal Rights; Speaking Up for Vegan Kids.
Contact: 607-323-1492 or email
“I was trained as a lawyer to give voice to the interests, people who could not represent themselves. As a vegan, I try to respect the interests of all beings.”
Barata El (NJ) is a lifelong resident of South Jersey; he became vegan July 1 1991. As a law enforcement officer in the NJ Department of Corrections for twenty-five years, he only met two other vegans in his line of work. Barata has a B.A. in theater arts from Rowan University. He married a beautiful native Jamaican woman in 1988 who is not vegan. They have four children and two grandchildren. Since age fourteen, Barata has been writing universal poetry—poems with which anyone from any culture can identify.
Sample Talks: How I Became a Vegan; Ahimsa and Societal Behavior; How Veganism Impacts the Environment and Sensibilities
Contact: 609-458-7185 firstname.lastname@example.org
“I was introduced to AVS in 1980, and they have become like family to me. Veganism is more than a diet because of the philosophical connection with ahimsa. Connecting to that energy can change the direction of the entire world on all levels: political, economic, environmental, planetary, and more.”
Lee Hall holds a Master of Laws in environmental law with a focus on climate change, and teaches at Widener University. Lee has appeared on Court TV, Gooseberry Productions’ Exploring Rights for Animals, Allegheny Front Environmental Radio, and It’s All About Food with Caryn Hartglass, and written for Growing Green International and American Vegan. A vegan since 1983, Lee’s books are On Their Own Terms about animals, freedom, and veganism and Capers in the Churchyard. Blog is
Sample Talks: Are Sustainable, Humane Animal Products for Real? For Humanity and Everybody Else: Be Conversant on Climate Change; Beyond a Government-the-Hunter Paradigm; Objections to Veganism: Respond and Represent!
“The American Vegan Society Speakers Bureau is a valuable offering to the public, and I'm glad to contribute, raising consciousness about our planet and all who experience their lives on it.”
Amie Hamlin info coming.
Julieanna Hever info coming soon.
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Ellen Jaffe Jones is a personal trainer and running coach, the author of Eat Vegan on $4 a Day, Kitchen Divided, and Paleo Vegan. She was seventh in the U.S. in her age group in the 1500 meter run in 2013 and first in Florida in 2015 in the 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 meters, and has finished marathons, rare for someone with her sprint times. Ellen is a two-time, Emmy-winning investigative reporter. VegCoach.com.
Sample Talks: Eat Vegan/Stay Fit on a Budget; Coping When Others Eat Differently; Vegan Fitness and Running; Crafting Effective Vegan Messages
Contact: 941-704-1025 email@example.com
“I appreciate the opportunity through such a long-standing, reputable organization as AVS to destroy vegan myths. I love to introduce people to the fun and deep meaning of remaining mission-consistent to core values of compassion and love for all animals. Future generations will ask, “What did you do to save the planet?”
Brook Katz has dedicated his life to the sciences and maintains a logic-and-reason approach to life. He has training in emergency medicine and holistic medicines. Brook uses food as a healing tool, and has become a gourmet chef in order to get the messages across. He authored several cookbooks including New Favorites and made videos. Brook feeds vegan food to thousands of people every year absolutely free of charge because he feels it's one of the best and most dramatic ways of convincing people to listen to the rest of the truths.
Sample Talks: Whole Foods as Medicine; Tips from a Thirty-Year Vegan; Preparing Vegan Cuisine for Friends or Family; The Science of Being Vegan
Contact: 954-971-4432 or email
“You create your own reality.”
Michael Klaper, MD is a practicing physician and consultant with over forty years of experience in general practice and acute-care medicine. He is trained in surgery, anesthesiology, orthopedics, and obstetrics. Dr. Klaper believes strongly that proper nutrition and a balanced lifestyle are essential for health. He is the author of several books and videos on vegan nutrition and serves on the staff of True North Health Center, Santa Rosa CA. doctorklaper.com
Sample Talks: Nutritional Health and Healing; From the Operating Room to the Dining Room; Eating as If the Earth Mattered; Avoiding Pitfalls in Vegan Nutrition; Smart Food Choices for the 21st Century; Food for the Spiritual Journey
“AVS’ work promulgating the vegan ideal is increasingly important as it offers the only real solution to our ever-more-pressing problems of world hunger and environmental destruction.”
Kevin “Storm” Klopfer (NJ) is "The Youngest Radio Host in NJ.” He started six weeks before his twelfth birthday at a small station in Southern NJ, broadcasting to the Philadelphia area. Now he is at a larger station, WNJE “920 The Voice” Princeton on Sundays at noon Eastern.
Kevin was born to a vegan mom who is a truck driver. His dad was a chef at the time but is not vegan. Kevin has spent a lot of time at protests, leafleting and tabling with local groups. He enjoys playing baseball, chess, and video games, reading fiction, and hanging out with friends.
Sample Talks: The Prefect Vegan Storm; Doing Your Part
“Although I talk to vegans and activists on the radio, I am new to being a speaker. I look forward to the experiences it will bring representing AVS".
Vance Lehmkuhl (PA) is the vegan columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, writing the food column V for Veg (since 2011) and the philly.com blog V for Vegan (since 2013). He's known for his audience-participation cartoon “Drawalong” and for his eco-conscious pop band Green Beings. He is the creator and host of Vegcast (vegcast.com), one of the first vegan podcasts, with more than a hundred interviews still free online. Philly.com/vforveg
Sample Talks: New-Vegan Answers to Others’ Common Questions; Drawing Out Your Inner Vegan (Drawalong); The Vegan Answer to Climate Change; To Buy or Not To Buy? Targeting Your Vegan Dollars
“Get out there and live like you mean it!"
Linda Long has had a lifelong relationship with food and hospitality and has been a committed vegan for more than half of her life. Trained as a home economist, she has had a varied career in the academic, corporate, and media communities, with an emphasis in fashion, food, and nutritional topics. She authored/photographed Great Chefs Cook Vegan and Virgin Vegan. She is host/NYC producer for Vegan Hotspot, web-based TV show by Delicious TV that spotlights vegan restaurants in New York City. Linda gave the first talk on a vegan subject at James Beard House. lindalong.com, virginvegan.com
Sample Talks: Why Be Vegan? Shoot Better Food Shots; Are You a Virgin Vegan? Why No Dairy? How the Great Chefs Cook Vegan!
Contact:212-721-1113, 917-373-0399 or email
“I am thrilled to be part of the AVS Speakers Bureau. It is tremendous pleasure to look into an audience and see faces and minds that are eager to know more about a plant-based lifestyle.”
Dale Lugenbehl is a writer and has taught college philosophy classes for more than thirty years. He has also served as co-director of Ahimsa Acres Educational Center since 1995. Dale’s areas of interest include the ethics of personal food choices, voluntary simplicity/low-consumption living, environmentally-conscious home-food production, understanding the processes of personal and societal change, and engaged Buddhism. ahimsaacres.org
Sample Talks: Environmental Impact of Personal Food Choices; Widening Our Circle of Compassion to Include All Species; Ethical Components of Choosing a Vegan Lifestyle; Making the Change to Vegan Eating; What the Buddha Really Taught about Eating Meat
“I am interested in helping all of us to see that we have more choices than we think we have and to see the ways we are unknowingly causing suffering for ourselves and others.”
David M. Madow, DDS (MD) is an author with a passion for helping people live their healthiest possible lives. Now in his sixties, he stays active running marathons, backpacking, skiing, and climbing mountains. Formerly a practicing dentist, Dr. Dave combines comedy, music, and fun in talks, and is a member of The National Speakers Association. His weekly podcast, “The David Madow Lifestyle Show,” has over 275,000 listeners.
Sample Talks: How to Thrive on a Plant-Based Lifestyle. Customized topics that may be covered include plant-based eating, goal setting, weight loss, nutrition, exercise, meditation, forgiveness, and happiness.
Contact: 410-504-2186, firstname.lastname@example.org
“I was put on this earth to change lives. Whenever I speak to a live audience or do a broadcast, if I change just one life, I am happy. But more often than not, I change many lives! And that makes me really happy!”
Andy Mars, PhD is a visionary leader in education. He directs totally vegan camps and a vegan K-12 school. Andy is Rabbi of Bnai Tov vegan synagogue, director of Veg Kids and the Kids Make a Difference Foundation. His mission is: “Helping make a difference in the lives of kids; helping kids make a difference in life.” veganday.info vegkids.org vegancamp.org vejewtarian.org
Sample Talks: Raising Veg Kids; Empowering Kids to Make a Difference; How a Vegan Diet Can Help Kids Better Focus & Function; The Ten Commandments to Better Health; Veganism: A Jewish Ideal
“When I became vegan, I did not even yet know that there was a word for those conscious beliefs that resonated so deeply in my soul. When I came across AVS, I was delighted to find out that there were others who believed as I did, a national organization to help vegans connect and promote veganism throughout the country.”
Christopher-Sebastian McJetters is a longtime vegan and social commenter who divides his time between London and NYC. A copyeditor by profession, Sebastian is a staff writer at Vegan Publishers, part-time lecturer on speciesism at Columbia University, and board member of Peace Advocacy Network. He explains why veganism is a useful tool for deconstructing multiple systemic oppressions. Sebastian contributed to the anthology Circles of Compassion, UK-based Barefoot Vegan magazine, and the blog "Striving With Systems."
Sample Talks: Race, Class, Species: Dismantling injustice by embracing veganism and animal rights; Queering Animal Liberation: On queer bullying and animal violence, American gay male hypermasculinity, and gender presentation in nonhumans
“Supremacist ideologies may manifest themselves differently, but oppression is always oppression, species is irrelevant.”
Vesanto Melina, MS, RD is coauthor of 10 books on nutrition, foods, and disease prevention. Her latest book (with Brenda Davis), Becoming Vegan: Express Edition, was given star rating by the American Library Association as the “go-to book” on vegan nutrition. She has taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and at Seattle’s Bastyr University. nutrispeak.com
Sample Talks: Update on Vegetarian, Vegan, and Raw Food Nutrition; Veg. Nutrition for Superb Health; Staying Healthy: Plant-based Diets to Protect against Chronic Disease; Raw Food Diets; Surviving and Thriving Despite Food Allergies
Contact: 604-882-6782 or email
“A long-term vegan myself, I enjoy speaking to groups of health professionals and to vegetarian, vegan, and raw associations, with a view to helping people create an optimal diet and find solutions for key issues.”
Victoria Moran is a vegan of thirty years and the Oprah-featured author of eleven books including her latest, Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World. Victoria hosts the weekly Main Street Vegan show on Unity.fm, and she is the founder and director of Main Street Vegan Academy training and certifying vegan lifestyle coaches. mainstreetvegan.net
Sample Talks: Main Street Vegan: Eating Green & Loving Life in the Real World; The Look Great, Feel Amazing, Change the World Lifestyle
Contact: 212-289-1808 or email
“It’s a real gift that I'm able to devote my life to sharing the vegan message, and there’s no better organization to be associated with than the American Vegan Society. AVS was the sole source of vegan information in this country for many years, and all of us who've come along later are simply continuing the revolutionary work begun by Jay and Freya Dinshah in 1960.”
John Morlino is a former social worker who founded The Essence of True Humanity Is Compassion (The ETHIC) to help create a world where all beings live free from violence and oppression. His work promoting both human and animal liberation has been published worldwide, and he’s been a featured speaker at Vegetarian Summerfest and the Animal Rights National Conference.
Sample Talks: Compassion Is a Journey Not a Destination; The Essence of True Humanity Is Compassion; Putting Animal Rights Back into the Animal Rights Movement
Contact: via website the-ethic.org
“I’m happy to be part of the American Vegan Society’s speakers bureau, as few organizations embody the principles of Ahimsa as well as AVS does.”
Ana M. Negrón, M.D., was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Dr. Negrón is a board-certified family physician who has made cooking with patients integral to her practice. She helps people transition to a whole-plant diet, thereby reducing the inflammation which is at the root of most chronic medical conditions. Dr. Negrón volunteers at a clinic for the uninsured and teaches family doctors the role of food in medicine. Her book, Nourishing the Body and Recovering Health: The Positive Science of Food published by Sunstone Press, is an antidote to our reliance on pharmaceuticals.
Sample Talks: The Patient with Multiple Risk Factors; Household Nutrition; Plant-Food Literacy; What It Means to Live Vegan.
Contact: 610-525-6246 x4, email@example.com
“In my medical practice as in my private life I have a clear sense of purpose—to advance food literacy, reduce suffering, and limit damage to our selves and our surroundings.”
John Pierre is a nutrition and fitness consultant, famous as a personal trainer to celebrities, rock stars, and Fortune 500 CEOs. His book, The Pillars of Health: Your Foundations for Lifelong Wellness, explains four principles: real food, mind stimulation, physical movement, and spiritual philosophy. johnpierre.com
Sample Talks: Fine-tuning the Vegan Diet; The Power of a Plant-Based Diet; Veganism−More than a Diet, It’s a Lifestyle
“I greatly admire AVS because of their commitment to the principles of ahimsa and compassion. I deeply appreciate their dedication to help educate everyone about the importance of embracing a lifestyle based on sustainable and ethical dietary choices.”
Brenda Sanders serves as one of the directors of Open the Cages Alliance, an animal advocacy organization for which she organizes a vegan education program, animal rights demonstrations, and family-friendly events promoting the vegan lifestyle including Vegan SoulFest in Baltimore. She’s also the executive director of Better Health, Better Life, a community-health organization for which she conducts lectures, workshops, healthy-living classes, and food demos.
Sample Talks: Making the Connection: Veganism and Social Justice; Why the World Can't Wait for You to Go Vegan; Veganism: A Diet, Philosophy or Ethical Choice?
Contact: 443-219-7971 or email
“I dedicated my life to doing vegan outreach once I realized how many of the world's most pressing problems this lifestyle can help to address. I am honored to help to spread this knowledge as a member of the AVS Speakers Bureau.”
Kerrie Saunders, MS, LLP, PhD is the author of The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention. She costarred with John Pierre in the food demo DVDs When Bachelor Meets Homemaker. She began her career as a master’s level psychologist and earned her doctorate in natural health. Her current interests include how foods affect neurotransmitters and in nutrigenomics. drfood.org
Sample Talks: Using Food & Fitness to Fight Osteoporosis/Cancer/Diabetes; Diet as Disease Prevention; Cravings & Food Addiction; Lifestyle Medicine, Body Composition & Nutritional Excellence; Advanced Issues in Nutrition for Vegetarians; The Transition Kitchen: Going from 0 to Veg in One Day
Contact: 248-808-3601 or email
“It is truly an honor to help AVS promote the lifestyle that helps me feel so healthy and vibrant, while respecting the lives of other humans and animals and the planet.”
Ori Shavit info coming soon.
Ori will be on a tour of the midwest and east coast U.S. spring 2016.
Rae Sikora has been vegan and a full-time spokesperson for other species for over thirty years. She is cofounder of Plant Peace Daily, Vegfund, and the Institute for Humane Education. Rae leads compassionate living and ethical consumerism programs for diverse audiences ranging from schools and prisons to businesses and universities. Her work takes her from the U.S. to the Middle East and Central America. plantpeacedaily.org
Sample Talks: Human Billboards; Vegan Is NOT a Diet; Despair Repair; Under One Roof; Clever Cows and Einstein Squid; Joyfully Vegucating Your Community
Contact: 248-219-3991 or email
“We are all powerful co-creators of the world we would like to live in. By making choices that align with our values and encouraging others to do the same, we get a little closer to that vision every day.”
Laura Theodore is a Taste-award-winning, public-television chef, and an award-winning recording artist. She hosts the Jazzy Vegetarian vegan cooking series on public television, and the podcast radio show, Jazzy Vegetarian Radio. Laura has authored cookbooks: Laura Theodore's Vegan-Ease, Jazzy Vegetarian Classics, and Jazzy Vegetarian. She writes a weekly food column for Mother Earth Living and has been featured in The New York Times, VegNews, Family Circle, and Reader’s Digest. LauraTheodore.com JazzyVegetarian.com.
Sample Talks: Why Vegan? (It’s Easier Than You Think!); Plant-Based and Loving It; Vegan Recipes for the Holidays; Cooking with a Rainbow of Colors; Living Vegan in an Omnivore’s World
“AVS is the ultimate resource for anyone looking to embrace a vegan lifestyle. My passion in life is to support that compassionate way of life through speaking, sharing my recipes, writing cookbooks, broadcast cooking shows and music. Make the world a better place, one vegan recipe at a time!”
Will Tuttle, PhD is an author, educator, pianist, and composer. Author of The World Peace Diet, a former Zen monk, a dharma master in the Korean Zen tradition, and thirty-year vegan, he is devoted to cultural healing and awakening and has seven CD albums of original piano music. worldpeacediet.org
Sample Talks: The World Peace Diet; Creating a New Culture of Peace; Being Healthy & Saving the Planet; Heart Teachings on the Dharma Path; Keys to Effective Vegan Advocacy; Metaphysics of Food; Vegan Living & World Peace
Contact: 800-697-6614 or email
“I’m grateful for the pioneering work of AVS and delighted to share the same mission of bringing the healing and empowering vegan message of compassion for all living beings to our world. Making an effort to learn how to thrive as vegans in a not-yet vegan world, and to be effective advocates for vegan living, is the most benevolent action we can take today!”